Written Answers - Vehicle Registration.

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 628 No. 5

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  62.  Mr. McGinley  Information on Dinny McGinley  Zoom on Dinny McGinley   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen   the position in the case of a student from the Republic of Ireland with an address in Northern Ireland, who is currently a full time student on placement in Northern Ireland with a Donegal registered car who needs a Northern Ireland registered car on security grounds as part of their placement, as a Donegal registered car would be a target in a particular location in Belfast; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41060/06]

Minister for Finance (Mr. Cowen): Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  I have been informed by the Revenue Commissioners that vehicle registration legislation does not provide for exemption from registration in the State of cars that are driven by a resident of the State in the circumstances described by the Deputy. While the security issue may well be a concern, any move to relax the position as outlined above is unfortunately open to abuse. However, I would point out that the issue of car taxation and cross-border workers has been revised recently. On foot of a European Court of Justice (ECJ) Judgment, the Revenue Commissioners now allow a State resident, who is employed by an employer established in another Member State, to use a category A vehicle belonging to that employer for private and/or business use in the State.


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